Jeeps are synonymous with off-roading. You see them in commercials or on social media climbing over boulders or crossing swollen streams. Not all of these Jeeps are employing stock parts for these adventures, though. Often, Jeep owners choose to upgrade to a lift kit before they perform other customizations. One reason for this is that lift kits can change the dynamic of the Jeep’s off-roading experience.
What Is a Lift Kit?
A suspension lift, or lift kit, is a type of modification to a vehicle that raises its ride height. Though it’s also done for cosmetic purposes, people with trucks, SUVs or the Jeep Wrangler JL are likely to add a lift kit to improve the vehicle’s off-road performance and augment their options in the outback. There are several types of lift kits, ranging from 1.5 to 6 inches.
Move Through Terrain Easier
A lift kit certainly helps you to move through any environment easier than you could with a stock vehicle. A major reason for this is found in the concept of ground clearance. The Jeep’s undercarriage, exhaust system and bumpers would scrape against the ground or anything sitting on it if not for the added clearance. It helps prevent bottoming out, which would be bad news crossing water or trying to get through deep mud, or in any number of other scenarios.
Choosing a lift kit is just one of the things to consider when off-roading. The type of tires that you choose, and the amount of air pressure you keep in them, can determine the amount of success you have in a particular scenario.
A Jeep wheel specifications blog will tell you important details about offsetting and backspacing, bolt patterns and bead locks, among other things. When you’re talking about increased visibility, though, the wheel and tire size can elevate you enough to give you a few precious inches of visibility when you need it most.
If you install a lift kit of two inches, you’ll have room for 33-inch tires. While some vehicles require making modifications to the fender in order to facilitate those tires, most Jeep wranglers come with 32 or 33-inch stock tires. For serious rock crawlers, lift kits can accommodate 35-inch and even 37-inch tires.
When the lift kit allows the driver to sit higher, they are granted a much better view of the road and can avoid different kinds of stoppages at ground level. The driver’s navigation abilities are enhanced when they sit higher up and visibility is another reason that Jeep owners often swap from factory parts.
Customizing your Jeep has the dual benefit of helping it to function at a high level and looking very cool. Jeep lift kits are no exception. They increase a Jeep’s off-road capabilities and decrease the chances that it will end up stuck. Though they may not be ideal for traveling long highway miles, there’s nothing you’d rather have when staring into the mouth of a forest glen. Visit an online auto parts dealer or walk in to see the inventory of Jeep parts and accessories and be better equipped for Main street and beyond.